The Truman Library

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  1. Baptist in Richmond

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    Good Evening,

    In my profession, I travel extensively. I am currently in Kansas City, MO. Today, I had some free time, and had the priviledge of visiting the Truman Library. [Here is a link to the website.]

    I found this to be absolutely fascinating. During this tour, I was told of the Truman years. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to face the prospect of winning a true world war (on two fronts, no less), to make the decision to use the deadliest weapon ever invented, and to have to work to avoid a second world war (by that I mean second of his presidency). I left with a reinforced respect for this President.

    What are your impressions of Truman?

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    BiR
     
  2. Major B

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    Truman proves that dedication and common sense can get the job done, and that we probably are passing by the best potential presidents because they did not graduate from the right school and don't have the right connections.

    Truman went outside himself and his racist Missouri upbringing to begin the move to full civil rights--simply because of fairness.

    Truman drew the line in the sand in Korea and during his adminstration, George Kennan wrote and Truman implemented, the policy of containment. It took another "outside the box" guy (Reagan) to break all the rules of international relations and push containment to victory in the Cold War.

    What tantalizes me are the things he did not quite get done: universal military service (failed by one vote) and universal health care.

    How different our nation would have been if EVERY young man since 1947, regardless of family, connections, etc., had been required to perform two years of active duty and 6 years of reserve duty!
     
  3. Scarlett O.

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    I have always admired him greatly for the simple fact that he "took over the helm" of our country when many people were convinced that NO ONE could do it other than FDR. It took someone of great fortitude to step up to the plate and just "do it" when the country had such an unfortunate dependency on FDR and his very long years of service.

    By the way....my dad is an avid reader.

    He is currently reading Margaret Truman's mystery novels. I decided to write to her and ask her is she would write my dad a note as he is a fan of hers.

    It took me forever to find her address, but she did send him a note. It was typed, but she signed her name.

    It was a very frail looking signature and I know that she is in her early 80's. I don't know exactly how old her books are.

    Anyways....it was all very exciting to my dad.

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  4. mioque

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    If I recall correctly Truman (who had been picked for the VP slot for purely politically reasons) had been kept out of the loop on a bunch of important things by FDR and he was quite surprised to find out that there were such things as atomic bombs.
     
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    FDR thought he was going to live to see his job finished. The pick of Truman to be VP was somewhat political because the standing VP he replaced had moved so far to the left as to be a real liability. He had made a name for himself by being tough as a Senator, and as an investigator of fraudulent arms deals. He also was a combat veteran of WW1.

    At the time, there were not very many who know about the Manhattan Project, and there really were not any Atomic Bombs yet--the first was actually contructed after Truman became President.
     
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    Every VP pick is political. Once in a while one gets picked that can actually do the job. I think Truman's best character trait was humility - he truly did not feel up to the job. It is something refreshing whether one agrees with his political ideology or not.
     
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    Some people, when they are elevated to a high position, grow into it.

    Others actually fall apart. Thank God that we had Truman at that critical point in our history.
     
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    No one has as yet mentioned the fact that Truman was Baptist. During his early years in Washington he attended First Baptist Church, where they still display a large photographic portrait President Truman gave them. But the relationship became very tense when the pastor at that time, Edward Pruden, opposed Truman's plan to appoint an ambassador to the Vatican, and Truman became very angry and stopped attending First Baptist. Don't know whether he found another place to go to church here.
     
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    You were two miles from my front door.
     
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  11. Baptist in Richmond

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    I like the fact that you picked up on that. I was going to mention it, but completely forgot to add it to my post.

    This was a great trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the library. I have to return to Kansas City in April, and hope to visit again. I got there in the late afternoon, and didn't get to see Truman's house.

    Actually, I am planning on visiting the library of another Baptist on Wednesday afternoon (Carter Center in Atlanta). I also plan on going to the Clinton Library in Little Rock later this summer, as I have to go there on business. Lastly, I am going to TRY to get to the Reagan Library in May, but don't know if I am going to have time to get there (that one is a short trip).

    Regards,
    BiR (in Georgia)
     
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    Actually, I was able to visit the Carter Museum today. As with the Truman Library, I really enjoyed this trip.

    I am not really old enough to remember when President Carter was in office, so I really cannot comment on his Presidency. I have read a few of Carter's books, and I really like him. I also work with Habitat for Humanity, albeit in a much more insignificant role.

    It is worth the trip if you are in the area.

    Regards,
    BiR
     

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